I suppose it's time to let the Game of the Year debates begin. I know a lot of people don't normally go in for that sort of thing, and normally I'm not big on such an arbitrary accolade, but there have been so many outstanding games this year that I am happy to begin celebrating the year even as it still winds down through December. If I could hand out three of four game of the years then I would and still have a game or two that I feel got left out.
That said, none of them are going to come from this week. Now that the Blacks Monday and Thursday have come and gone, the days of heady release lists and triumphant fanfare are even now echoing off mostly into the distance. This week's releases are so uninspiring that I'm not even going to list them out below. There are only about four of them anyway, and the best among them may be Jaws: Ultimate Predator. Interesting call back to paragraph one, I'm willing to bet that's the only time Jaws: Ultimate Predator gets called the best of anything.
While Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS does come out next Sunday, I'll save that for next week to discuss. For now, Skyrim is still probably my Game of the Week. I'm now some 60+ hours in and I could easily rattle off a half dozen things I still can't wait to do. I know at some point I'll flame out. By comparison, I only put about 45 hours total into Fallout 3, and at the end felt completely sated. But, even as I sit here talking about it, I'm deeply anticipating the next opportunity I have to reenter the world of Tamriel.
Let the age of clearing out the pile begin.